Three llustrated Novels for Teens

Last October, I wrote a blog post about photographic novels - books that use photographs to aid the telling of the story. You can read the blog post here. Illustrated novels are also gaining popularity. These books use drawings and other types of illustrations to involve the reader in the story.

Here are three recent young adult novels that employ illustrations:

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

The story is told entirely through images including sketches, photographs, and text messages. Glory, a piano prodigy, falls in love with Frank who recently moved from Argentina. As their love grows, Glory faces pressure in other aspects of her life, and soon she is only able to play "Chopsticks."


Winter Town by Stephen Emond

Winter Town by Stephen Emond

Evan and Lucy were childhood best friends who grew apart after only seeing each other on winter break. At the age of seventeen, they begin a romantic relationship; however, this relationship is hindered by their different plans for the future. The story is enhanced by realistic drawings and comic book panels.


Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler with art by Maira Kalman

After Min and Ed break up, Min boxes up all the mementos from their time together. She sends the box to Ed along with a letter describing how events surrounding each item contributed to the end of their relationship. Artwork show how the items look.


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